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Nursery Food for the 2-5 year Group

The lunch menu for the week is displayed in the main hallway and is supplied by a specialist children’s caterer – Early Years Catering (EYC). Children have lunch from the menu and fresh fruit is given in place of dessert in line with our no sugar policy. Vegetarian lunches are provided also. Meals are delivered each day ready to serve - having been freshly prepared that morning. Most diets are catered for and many children attend with a no egg or tomato or dairy requirement to name but a few. Parents are also able to bring their own food for their child if they wish.

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Having specialist caterers helps us provide the very best for the children. EYC prepare all meals in their kitchens from fresh ingredients each day and do not serve processed foods.

Afternoon and morning snack is usually a cracker or fruit. Snacks given are only those suitable for the age group. Drinks are either semi-skimmed organic milk or water, and these are available throughout the day not just at snack and meal times.

Tea time is from 3.45 to 4.30pm and is a light meal which is not intended to replace the evening meal for a child. Food should be offered again in the evening when a child goes home. At tea time a variety of food is offered such as: crackers, wholemeal bread, cold meats, cheeses, salad, dried and fresh fruit.

We recommend to all parents that children, regardless of age, or how well they may have eaten on a nursery day, be offered food again in the evening at home.

Questions and Answers about Meal times for the 2-5 years Group

Some frequently asked questions are:

  • How much food is offered at a mealtime?
  • What do we do if the food is refused?

Eating and mealtimes are an important part of our day and time and care is taken to make these happy and social occasions for the children. There is always plenty of food and the children are offered a second bowl or plate of food. Some children will regularly eat a second portion and others have a small appetite and take their time.

We recognise that all children at the nursery, regardless of age, have varying needs with their eating. All of the children are assisted with their food as and when needed with encouragement also given if needed. Very young children in the group are not left to feed themselves if they need help.

Our experience is that at some point or another, children have times when they will eat and times when they will not. For this I have no explanation but I can say it usually does not last more than a few days. Also there will be times when they will eat a lot more than usual and can't seem to get enough food. This will often occur as they become more mobile and active, and also simply from the rapid growth of this age group. If a child is not eating well we will talk to you to see if you can help us with information about the things you may do at home for us to try.

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